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Europeans are now fretting about Muslim girls in swimming pools

Swiss authorities recently denied citizenship to a pair of Muslim sisters, 12 and 14, who refused to take part in their school’s swimming lessons alongside boys of their age group in the city of Basel. According to USA Today, the girls had applied for citizenship a few months ago, but their request was denied this week.

This week’s kerfuffle also highlights a broader European concern: What happens when Muslims go to swimming pools. On Thursday, the Austrian town of Hainfeld voted to ban “burqinis” — Islamic swimwear that covers the body from head to toe — from being worn in local pools. The move was put forward by a councilor from the far-right Freedom Party, which has grandstanded over the threat posed by an influx of asylum seekers from Muslim-majority countries.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    How come there’s never any black lives matter events happening at swimming pools?

    • El Martyachi

      It’s a hair thing.

      • Clink9

        Don’t mess my weave!

        • El Martyachi

          … oil and water, literally, too. Unless yer an oily daego type, ya shampoo to remove oil, yes? Whoa hold up there mister.. didya know that black hair is intentionally oiled?

          • Kathy Prendergast

            Reminds me of a black comedian on the show “Whose Line is it Anyway” demonstrating that one of the most dangerous acts in the world is to try to touch a sister’s hair.

    • El Martyachi

      Excuse me, I’ve been out of sorts lately. Should have been “black hair matters”.

  • mobuyus

    I’m all for islamic immersion, I just don’t think they hold em under long enough.

  • Dana Garcia

    “What happens when Muslims go to swimming pools” is the wrong question.

    The correct question is “What possible good can come out of allowing Muslims in European pools?”

  • Alain

    OMG, now fretting about Muslims, girls or whatever, in swimming pools. Unreal! Had they a modicum of sense they would be fretting about Muslims in their countries.